Boss has sympathy for Littlehampton - but says writing off non-league season is right move

Midhurst FC boss Lemmy Ewen has expressed sympathy for SCFL division one rivals Littlehampton as they come to terms with their fine league-leading season being for nothing.

Midhurst boss Andy 'Lemmy' Ewen / Picture: Kate Shemilt
Midhurst boss Andy 'Lemmy' Ewen / Picture: Kate Shemilt

Last week's decision by FA and league bosses that non-league teams from step three downwards should have the season cancelled and results expunged has led to winners and losers.

Among those adversely affected are Littlehampton, long-time leaders of the first division, who have seen the likelihood of promotion to the premier division snatched away - prompting their assistant boss to say the integrity of the league has been shot to bits.

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Midhurst have had a good season themselves and were sixth when things ground to a halt.

Manager Ewen said: "A lot of sides still have a third of the season left, that’s a lot of football and a lot of points that’s why points per game doesn’t work for me. Whatever the FA decide they won’t please everyone,

"I’d personally void the season and go again. I do feel for Littlehampton as they’ve been a step above everyone."

On a more local level, Ewen said many of his players worked for themselves and were facing uncertain times.

He added: "This is affecting our squad as a lot of our lads are self employed - and it’s worrying for them as to what help they can get."

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